DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
There was this guy that I worked with (I’ll call him Johnny) that just would not smile. He wouldn’t even say hello.
Of course, nobody liked him.
But I was determined to find something to like about this guy (everyone has something likeable about them.)
So, I walked up to him and said, “Good morning, Johnny.”
He just threw his nose up in the air and pretended not to see me. But I stood right in front of him in the middle of the hall.
“Good morning, Johnny,” this time a little louder, in case he didn’t hear me.
Now this must have amused our collegues, me being a mere 5’1″ looking up at this tall, slender man with his nose in the air, because they all began to peek out of their office doors to see who was going to win.
He must have noticed the stares, so he relunctantly replied with a half-hearted, “hello.”
I promptly moved out of his way and he continued about his day.
This standoff went on for several weeks. He must have realized that I wasn’t going to let him win because (much to my surprise) he said, “good morning,” to me first!!!
After a few weeks, I ventured into his cubicle. He was opening a package. It was a shipment from his publisher – the book he had authored had just arrived!!!
I asked him about the book, asked if I could look at it (it was really super) and asked if I could have an autographed copy. We chatted for another 15 minutes about his book until I had to report to my classroom.
Later that day I had coffee with another colleague.
“The whole campus is buzzing. Johnny doesn’t talk to anyone. What did you do to get him to talk?”
“I just found something to like about him.”
Some people are just plain ornery. That doesn’t mean you have to let them spoil your day. Make them a project. It will take time, but in the end you will make a new friend.
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Here are my answers:
Describe yourself in 7 words. Silly, silly, silly, silly, silly, silly, silly.
What keeps you up at night? Blog ideas. I keep a notebook on my nightstand.
Who would you like to be? ME. No one else wants the job.
What are you wearing right now? Contact lenses
What scares you the most? Ann Coulter and people who never laugh.
What is the best and worst of blogging? BEST: Meeting great people online. WORST: see #2
What was the last website you visited? zendictive, of course
What is the one thing you would change about yourself? My eyesight. See #4
Slankets (blankets with sleeves) yes or no? I’ve always been in favor of sleeves. I voted for them in the last election.
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14. Malcolm X
15. Sidney Poitier
16. Oprah Winfrey
17. Paul Laurence Dunbar
18. Maya Angelou
19. Langston Hughes
20. Nikki Giovanni
21. Marian Anderson
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